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Ban culture is counterproductive

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By: Junaid Akram

The problem is never with the invention. The problem is always with the usage. Apply it to any human creation. Our ancestors used to work manually; making mud houses, creating tools like stone hammers etc. There is a YouTube channel, Primitive Technology, which tells us how prehistoric man increased his productivity using such means. It is different now, when these tools are used to facilitate everyday tasks; remember that mobile snatcher you met, wielding that fancy dagger… definitely it wasn’t a pretty sight.

There have always been elements in human history that have misused tools and inventions for their own greater good. Similar is the case with technology. Take the case of Pakistan for instance – the best case study in almost all peculiar cases. We have deceitful, adult, antagonizing content; everything crass under the roof that only exists to milk likes and views.

So much so that YouTube was banned in Pakistan for three years, because of a certain video. Those were extremely crucial three years since a whole new industry of content creators was being erected worldwide. We think YouTube is just synonymous with Cricket highlights and adorable cat videos. No. YouTube in fact has become a global necessity not just with conventional distance learning but also because it keeps on generating fresh content that potentially expands the horizons of one’s mind.

In 2012, a number of videos on my channel had started to........

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